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Easy Instant Pot Grits

If you love grits, but don't want to take the time it takes to make them the traditional way, let me show you an easier way!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
natural release5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grits, gruyere, instant pot
Servings: 4
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 1 cup stone ground grits Remember this is not a quick-cooking or instant grits. It needs to be coarse ground grits.
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter plus more for topping if you want.
  • ½-1 cup half and half you can also use milk if you want something lighter.
  • ¾ cup grated gruyere You can also use a gouda, cheddar or even jack cheese.


  • Spray the liner of your pressure cooker with pan release spray. This will help keep the grits from sticking.
  • Pour in the water first, then the grits and salt. Mix ently.
  • Secure the lid and set for pressure. Then set on pressure high, and 10 minutes.
  • Once the time is up, let it natural release for 5-10 minutes. Then finish the pressure release.
  • Open the lid. Now, the grits will look weird and lumpy, but don't stress. Whisk the grits well with a wire whisk.
  • Next, add in your butter, half and half, and cheese.
  • Whisk again until it is creamy and smooth. If you don't like grits as thick as I do, add in more half and half.
  • That is it! It is ready to go. Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!